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Singaporeans Turn To Johor’s IVF Clinics For Babies

Singaporean women with trouble conceiving are heading across the Causeway to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, for fertility treatments.

Women over 45 cannot receive in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in Singapore; while for those 40 and over, who aren’t eligible for IVF subsidies, treatment at public hospitals can cost S$10,000 or more. In JB, a cycle of treatment can be half that. In addition, embryonic screening is widely available there, unlike in Singapore.

Actress and getai singer Liu Ling Ling was one of those who had a successful pregnancy after IVF treatment in JB. But are the high success rates boasted of by clinics too good to be true?

#TalkingPoint looks at the risks of assisted reproduction, by speaking to Felicia Tan who miscarried twice after 3 IVF cycles; and Dr Hemashree Rajesh of the Centre for Assisted Reproduction, who puts the chances of a live birth for a woman over 40 at 1 out of 10.

WATCH: Felicia Tan’s ‘miracle baby’

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